Sunday, March 4, 2018

UC prez on Oakland immigration warning

Janet Napolitano when she was Sec'y of Homeland Security
From the San Francisco Examiner: While the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for warning Bay Area communities about imminent raids by federal immigration agents last week, the department’s former secretary on Thursday said that Schaaf made the right call.
Speaking at an event in San Francisco, University of California President Janet Napolitano said that the Oakland mayor was “totally within her rights in making the statements she did.”
Schaaf has said publicly that she has no regrets about the warning, which was issued Saturday, but she has faced heavy criticism from ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan, who denounced her decision as “irresponsible” on Tuesday.
But Napolitano, who served as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013, called Schaaf’s statements “courageous” and added that they are a “product of the change in ICE policy” dictating that “anyone in the country who is undocumented is fair game.”
“That really disrupts immigrant communities,” she said. “To me it’s bad law enforcement policy and it’s bad immigration policy.”...

It will be interesting to see if there are now editorial comments on Napolitano's views. The LA Times, for example, ran an editorial condemning Mayor Schaaf's warning recently:

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